A conservative activist is skeptical about the mayor of Seattle's pledge to return law and order to a police-free zone of the city.
Seattle's liberal Democrat mayor had called the takeover of a six block section of downtown Seattle by armed thugs "The Summer of Love."
But after a series of shootings, vandalism, and other crimes, Mayor Jenny Durkan has announced the city will move to end the police-free zone that has been dubbed the Capitol Hill Organized Protest zone, or CHOP.
Black activist: There is a reason blacks favor law enforcement
A black conservative activist says it is easy to understand why a majority of blacks are concerned about their safety, not from police arriving at their door but when they fail to show up.
Rasmussen Reports has released a poll that revealed 64 percent of Americans value the role of the police and worry that increasing criticism of law enforcement will lead to a shortage of officers and make their communities less safe. The poll found that 67 percent of blacks share these concerns.
Council Nedd II, a board member of Project 21, says the poll number is no surprise because blacks are most often the victim of crime.
“You know it's easy for some wealthy intellectual to sit back and say we need to get rid of the cops,” he observes. “They're not the ones who are going to have to deal with it in their communities."
"A lot of this kind of junk was fashionable in the 1960s and '70s -- this notion that without the police everything would be fine, and that people are basically good at heart, and there's no need for anybody to preserve order or keep everybody obeying the rules," comments Gary Bauer of the Campaign for Working Families. "But sadly, every society that tries that learns a very sad and a very difficult lesson, and that's what's happening in Seattle right now."
"I understand what it's like when the thugs take over the streets,” author-activist Brigitte Gabriel, who founded ACT for America, tells OneNewsNow. “I was born and raised in Lebanon, which used to be a majority Christian country in the Middle East. Beirut became known as Paris of the Middle East.”
What was once a thriving country is run by “terrorist thugs” today, she says, and the lethal, well-organized, terrorist group Hezbollah remains in control.
Meanwhile, after the Memorial Day killing of George Floyd, Gabriel and many others have witnessed the radical Left rampage through streets toppling statues, fighting police and chasing down the innocent, and looting and torching business districts.
Bauer believes the mayor must have seen a recent poll indicating that her numbers were dropping.
"I'll believe it when I see it when she says the autonomous zone is going to be deconstructed and the police returned to that precinct," he continues. "But if it does happen, it can't happen soon enough. It's sad to see government falling down on the number-one reason it exists, which is to provide security for the citizens in its jurisdiction."
Citing "no leadership" and a "socialist" city council as reasons for his decision, at least one Seattle-based clothing store owner says he plans to move his business out of the state.
Andre Taylor, who founded the anti-police-shooting organization Not This Time!, said Monday he has told CHOP leaders the violence would prompt the city to take back control of the area.
Editor's Note: This story has been updated with comments from Brigitte Gabriel.